Sara Leo

READ : 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. (v. 23)

Most home computers and smart phones allow you to customize all of your information so
that it perfectly suits you. You need only consume the weather, news, scores, editorials,
updates, and entertainment that you pre-selected. This is great, right? What a time
saver – it is modern convenience at its best.

But convenience may come at a price. While it certainly does save time and energy to
filter out useless information, it also has the potential to breed ignorance. It is
another great contradiction: technology gives us more access to new people and different
ideas than ever before, and it also allows us to remain completely isolated from them.

We must beware of living in a technology-assisted bubble. So many of the controversies
that exist in society today are a result of ignorance. One side only listens to the
arguments that support their ideas, and vice versa. If we want to work toward respecting
and even loving our enemies (as Jesus commanded us), we have to expose ourselves to things
we disagree with. We have to listen to people who are different from us. Technology can
prevent this, but it can also allow it. Consider having some news sent to your homepage
from another country. Consider following a blog written by someone you disagree with.
Fight ignorance with information. Replace foolish quarreling with active listening.


Keep our minds and ears open to others.